“Don’t do as I do; do as I say.” I strongly, adamantly find this statement to be unacceptable.
As coaches we expect our students to run faster, climb higher, keep up stamina far better than we do by showing them the proper techniques; as teachers, we expect our students to not bore the audience, share engagingly, ask the “So What?” in everything that they do by modeling how it’s done. Good coaches and teachers do.
Let’s pause and reflect: do we do that as administrators? What do we do with inspired and excited teachers when they come back from empowering conferences with big ideas? How do we keep the momentum going and not drown in what we have undoubtedly been victims of: the traditional way of doing things just because that’s how things were always done?
Come explore ways to find a balance between what we know is awesome and what we feel we must do in the current structure of education that places emphasis on the prestige of traditional programs. Let’s try to do what makes sense, empowering our teachers to run faster, climb higher and not lose steam… and most importantly, do it alongside them.
Experience the innovative ways the new leadership team at GSIS uses to get school-wide goals pushed out to the whole staff in 5 minutes, allure 98% of our staff to fill out surveys designed to gain data workable for improving our systems and so much more, while keeping meetings relevant and meaningful. #truestory #letshavefun
About Gyeonggi Suwon International School(GSIS):
GSIS has just celebrated its 10-year anniversary. A full PYP, MYP and DP school, GSIS is a PK- G12 institution of 500 students. With the beautiful Yeong Heung Forest as its backyard, the school is nestled 20km south of Seoul’s city limits. The Assistant Head of School in his second year at GSIS has put together the current leadership team consisting of administrators new to GSIS in 2016. In its first year, the team has begun to increase the school’s visibility with #KnightsROK. In addition, the team has been dedicated to innovative approaches to professional development and teacher empowerment, growing a culture of unity and pride.
Elizabeth (Liz) Cho has been an educator for 13 years. She is currently the Director of Curriculum GSIS. She is passionate about empowering teachers to see themselves as leaders, and she is an avid believer in the power of servant leadership. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean she is servile – she’s a “tiny dynamo” as described by her former colleagues. She also runs, silks, hoops and has a horrible sense of direction; anything else academic and professional about Liz can be found on her webpage at lizcho.org, and she tweets as @cho_liz.
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